Welsh Affairs and Local Government and Public Services Committees Press Notice N02 04-05

Session 2004-05
10 January 2005


Joint Press Notice No 2

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICES COMMITTEE

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HOUSE OF COMMONS WELSH AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE

Schedule of Oral Evidence Sessions

PUBLIC SERVICES OMBUDSMAN (WALES) BILL [HL]

The Welsh Affairs Committee of the House of Commons and the Local Government and Public Services Committee of the National Assembly for Wales will be carrying out a joint inquiry into the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill [HL]. The Bill establishes the Office of Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, and in doing so, abolishes the Commission for Local Administration in Wales, the offices of Welsh Administration Ombudsman, the Health Service Commissioner for Wales and the Social Housing Ombudsman for Wales. The Bill was published on 24 November 2004 and is available at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200405/ldbills/003/2005003.htm or from the Stationery Office Bookshops (telephone orders: 0870 600 5522).

Thursday 13 January, National Assembly for Wales, Committee Rooms 3 and 4

1400 - 14.40    Vivienne Sugar, Chair, Welsh Consumer Council

14.40 - 15.20    Peter Johns, Director, Board of Community Health Councils

15.40 - 16.20    Terry Hennegan, Chair, Welsh Federation of Tenants

16.30 - 17.15    Steve Thomas, Director, Welsh Local Government Association

Monday 17 January, House of Commons, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

15.45 - 16.45    Adam Peat, Local Government and Health Service Ombudsman for Wales; Welsh Administration Ombudsman

Eric Drake, Scottish Public Services Deputy Ombudsman

17.00 - 18.00    Don Touhig MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales

Sue Essex AM, Minister for Finance, Local Government and Public Services, Welsh Assembly Government

Ann Abraham, Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) and Health Service Commissioner for England

The meetings will be open to the public.  If you require further information about the Cardiff meeting, please contact Virginia Hawkins (Committee Clerk) on 029 2089 8998.If you wish to attend the Cardiff meeting, you should confirm by calling; Public Information Booking Line on 029 2089 8477. For further information about and for attendance at London meetings, please contact Sarah Colebrook, Welsh Affairs Committee on 0207 219 6189. 


Membership of the Local Government and Public Services Committee: Anne Jones AM (Chair), Sue Essex AM (Minister), Lorraine Barrett AM, Glyn Davies AM, Tamsin Dunwoody-Kneafsey AM, Alun Ffred Jones AM, Michael German OBE AM, Laura Jones AM, Peter Law AM and Dai Lloyd AM. 

Membership of the Welsh Affairs Committee: Mr Martyn Jones MP (Chairman), Mr Martin Caton MP, Mr Huw Edwards MP, Dr Hywel Francis MP, Ms Julie Morgan MP, Mr Albert Owen MP, Mr Hywel Williams MP, Mr Mark Prisk MP, Mr Nigel Evans MP, Mrs Betty Williams MP and Mr Roger Williams MP.